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Papyrus 52

Date: 100-125 A.D.

Discovered: Fayum or Oxyrhynchus, Egypt

Location: Manchester England; John Rylands University Library

Contents: John 18:31-38

Notes: This papyrus is usually considered to be the earliest New Testament manuscript still in existence.

 

John 18

31 Pilate therefore said to them, “Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law.”

Therefore the Jews said to him, “It is illegal for us to put anyone to death,” 32 that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spoke, signifying by what kind of death he should die.

33 Pilate therefore entered again into the Praetorium, called Jesus, and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews

[..]

37 Pilate therefore said to him, “Are you a king then?”

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I[1] have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

38 Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

When he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no basis for a charge against him.

 



[1] This area of the papyrus is missing, but there is not enough space for these words to have been there.

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